Quotes of the week
You want to have a mind that’s open enough to accept radical new ideas, but not so open that your brains fall out.
‘Customers’ are a repeating pattern of behaviour that expresses itself in people.
Articles of the week
- James Bridle: #sxaesthetic
Great commentary on the New Aesthetic and human collaboration with technology, resulting from a panel discussion at SXSW. With cameo appearances by the Higgs Boson, Kafka and Wikileaks.
- TechCrunch: PayPal’s New Digital Wallet
PayPal is looking to “let consumers do things with their money that have never been possible before.” Will these new options prove more convenient, or more problematic?
- Undercurrent: How Bergdorf Goodman is Killing it in Digital
Derrick Bradley recounts “one of the most pleasant digital encounters with a brand.” Bergdorf Goodman’s customer service went a couple small steps further than one would expect, making a huge difference in Derrick’s experience.
- James Whittaker: Why I Left Google
James Whittaker explains how “sharing” became a bee in Google’s bonnet, and how the ensuing social-oriented projects eventually led him to leave the company.
- Rachel Coldicutt: The Joys of Having Nothing to Read
Rachel Coldicutt of Caper gave this talk last year as part of the London Word Festival. Here she tells us why the libraries of the future shouldn’t make it too easy for us to find what we’re after: in other words, why they should “offer you sprouts when what you want is ice cream.”